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Issue 2006 - 8, November, 2006

Happy Holidays from MCCC!

On behalf of the entire Mercer County Community College family, we hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.

  -- Thomas N. Wilfrid, Ph.D., Acting President

Marketing Staff Wins Seven Awards
Mercer's Marketing staff members won seven awards at the Eastern Regional Conference of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, held Nov. 6 in Lancaster PA. The region includes two-year colleges throughout the eastern U.S. and eastern Canada. More here

Aviation Students Win Regional Competition
MCCC's Aviation Flight Technology students took first place at the Intercollegiate Flying Association's regional championship competitions in Schenectady, New York.
Pitting their skills in the air and on the ground against four-year and two-year colleges, Mercer's team was the overall winner, scoring 310 points to the second place team's 141 points. More here

Alumni Return for Funeral Program's 30th Anniversary
Enthusiastic alumni of Mercer's Funeral Service program returned on Nov. 10 to celebrate the program's 30th anniversary. The alumni were escorted by current students on a tour of college facilities, including the new "selection room," which displays caskets and urns. Program Coordinator Robert Smith gave a program update and thanked the many business and corporate donors to the program.

MCCC Dean Appointed to Trenton Board of Education
Dr. L. Diane Campbell, MCCC's dean for Student and Academic Services, was appointed to serve on the Trenton Board of Education by Mayor Douglas H. Palmer. Campbell has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. More here

DREAM Program Featured in the New York Times
"Teaching students with cognitive delays or mental retardation is the next frontier," said New York Times reporter Leslie Kaufman in a Nov. 5 article, "Just a Normal Girl." MCCC has taken a lead in this new frontier with the grant-funded DREAM program, and
was featured in the article, which included photos of an MCCC student and Special Services Director Arlene Stinson. Read it here

Save the Date for the 2007 Scholarship Dinner Dance
All are invited to Mercer's 2007 Scholarship Dinner Dance, "On Broadway," set for Saturday, March 10 at the Hyatt Regency, Princeton. Proceeds go to scholarships for deserving students. The committee, chaired by Nina Melker of Yardville National Bank, is recruiting corporate sponsors, soliciting ads for the program book, and selling tickets. The elegent evening will include a silent auction, gourmet dinner and dancing. For more information call Foundation Coordinator Elaine Stout at 609-570-3607.
More here

Mercer Faculty, Students and Alumni Lead Chemistry Week Activities
As part of their annual chemistry road show, students and faculty from MCCC and Rider University were joined by alumni to present an array of scientific marvels to youngsters at five area elementary schools. More than 720 children in third through fifth grades participated in hands-on activities.
More here

Center for Training and Development Hosts Executive Program
On Nov. 10 Mercer's Center for Training and Development (CTD) held a breakfast and information session for almost 30 Mercer County organizations. Executives from companies as diverse as biotechs, pharmas, banks, healthcare, service, engineering, not-for-profit, and government came to hear Franck J. Gerard, certified by the Project Management Institute, give an overview of the
Project Management Program that he and CTD deliver to organizations who wish to improve their productivity and employee satisfaction.

Men's Soccer Team Ends Season Second in Nation
The Vikings men's soccer team came in a close second in the NJCAA national tournament in Tyler, TX, losing 2-1 to Jefferson College (MO) in overtime on Nov. 19. The Vikings excelled throughout the tournament, upsetting no. 2 Yavapai in the quarterfinal round after a 1-1 tie sent the game into penalty kicks, where Mercer outshot Yavapai 4-3. In the semifinal round, Mercer defeated no. 3 Louisburg (NC) 2-1. Mercer ended the season with a 15-3-3 record.

Kelsey Theatre Holiday Shows

Nov. 24-Dec. 10: "It's a Wonderful Life"

Dec. 1: "Through Our Eyes"

Dec. 15-17: "Twas the Night Before Christmas"

Dec. 22-23: "The Nutcracker"


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